Lights can be turned on without walking through a dark area.
Power tools have guards in place and are properly grounded.
Containers of volatile liquids, such as paints and cleaning solvents, are tightly capped, stored away from and never used near,
ignition sources, such as furnaces and water heaters. Gasoline is stored in an approved container, and is never stored in the
If there are small children in the house, latches control their access to the garage and basement, which are areas where many
dangerous items are often stored.
Bicycles are kept in good repair, with adequate brakes and reflectors and a working light for nighttime riding.
In the Bedroom
Lamps or light switches are within the reach of each bed.
Fire sources, such as ashtrays, smoking materials, heaters, hot plates, teapots, etc., are kept well away from beds and bedding.
No one in the house ever smokes in bed!
Electric blankets are not covered or folded. (Tucking in an electric blanket can cause heat buildup and start a fire.)
People who have small children in their homes (in residence or as visitors) should also check for the
Access to windows is blocked, and windows have secure screens or window guards.
All stairs, protective walls, railings, porches and balconies are sturdy and in good repair.
All plants are kept out of children's reach. (Some plants are very poisonous.)
There are no loose paint chips (which toddlers might swallow) around the house. (Children who may have been exposed to
lead poisoning in this way should be checked by a doctor immediately.)
Cleaners are purchased in child-resistant packaging whenever possible, and are not transferred to other containers; non-food
items, such as cleaners or bleach, are never stored in food containers.
The number for a local poison control center is kept on or near the telephone.
There is syrup of ipecac in the house – just in case it's needed to induce vomiting (ipecac should not be used until a
poison control center or physician has been consulted).
Small items and foods that could choke a child are kept out of reach.
Pocketbooks with potentially dangerous items, such as vitamins, birth control pills, cigarettes, matches and lighters, jewelry
and calculators (which contain easy-to-swallow, poisonous batteries) are kept out of children's reach.
Swimming pools in the neighborhood (including your pool) are fenced with self-latching gates and are inaccessible to children.
Swing sets and jungle gyms are securely anchored, have low-impact foundation materials - such as pea gravel, sand, wood mulch or
chips - and rounded edges. Children are always supervised when using equipment.
Children are buckled up (in age-appropriate seats, if necessary) during all auto travel - and you always set a good example by
buckling up, too!